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Productive Pedagogy for Parents,
This review is from: Don't Bother Me Mom--I'm Learning! (Paperback)
Prensky offers a succinct and well-rounded discussion concerning the potential of computer games as learning tools. His assertion that, children are already learning from computer games - that parents and educators alike need to tap into this motivation for learning - is well supported by a wide variety of examples, from specific games to the testimony of parents and educators. The uncomplicated language makes for easy reading and the practical advice to parents is enthusiastic and practical.
The use of the work of James Paul Gee is influential in offering an academic perspective on the discussion. It would have been interesting to see connections between Prensky's work, that of Gee and yet more theorists and reserchers in the area, including, for instance, Catherine Beavis.
The supporting online material is useful in assisting parental comprehension and offers some practical guidance and steps to improving personal pedagogies in the home. The strength of Prensky's text is through the manner in which he breaks down the nature of learning across the spaces of home and school, public and private, education and entertainment. His discussion is an optimistic design for the future, which deals successfully with objections to computer games, and is founded on strong research. This results in important and useful ideas and guidelines for the future of learning.
If you are a parent of educator in particular, this book offers a practical and flexible first-step in the complex world of computer games and "digital natives". Another productive and insightful read from Prensky.